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Age: 59


Number of Cruises: 11

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Conquest

Sailing Date: 2010-02-21

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

We live in Oklahoma and cruise out of Galveston because it is a drivable distance. We had been loyal RCCL cruisers for over 15 years; but were paying for our whole extended family(7 adults, toddler and a baby), so picked Carnival because of the price, and because of more cooperative service in any phone inquiries. I must say I was very impressed with the Conquest, and would choose it over RCCL's Voyager (their Galveston based ship) everytime. Cabins were much bigger on the Conquest, with much better storage. While Voyager may be larger, our family thought the Conquest used their space much more efficiently; nothing ever seemed crowded. One example is my husband and I like to dance on cruises, and there were several lounge areas to dance on the Conquest, one being right outside the dining room! In contrast, the Voyager, the area of dancing was small, dark and hard to find. Service was also better on the Conquest, staff seemed to really want to please.
I really felt we got good value for our money on the Conquest.

We have been on 11 cruises, 4 different cruise lines. We thought the food on the Conquest was excellent; just as good, if not better, the more expensive cruise lines. Food was fresh, well seasoned, nutritious, with good variety. I liked the idea of "Carnival Classics," where there were some dishes you were able to order every day.I especially enjoyed the chocolate melting cake!

Our stateroom on the Conquest was lovely, much larger than on the Voyager. Our family had 4 standard outside rooms on the 1st floor, near the front of the ship, and motion was very smooth. In fact, our cruise was delayed from leaving Galveston because of fog, on the scheduled night of departure the captain did not know when we would be able to leave. When I woke up in the morning, I assumed we were still at the dock because I could not feel any movement. Imagine my delight when I pulled open the curtains and discovered we were in the middle of the Gulf!

We were most impressed with Camp Carnival. Our 2 year old granddaughter loved it, and couldn't wait to go back each day. She called it "Aunt Carnival!"
Dance lessons were fun, and taught at a pace where you could actually follow and learn the dance steps. On RCCL, staff was determined to teach 2 dances in 30 minutes, no matter what anyone learned.
Actually, since our goal was family time and we have been on several cruises, we did not join in with many scheduled activities.
Our only criticism was the occasional off color jokes from cruise director or comedian, and the scanty outfits of dancers. They brought back to mind the old reputation of Carnival. But the end result was we just didn't go to shows, so were able to just enjoy playing cards or hanging out with family..

In Montego Bay, Doctors Cove is the best bet for a safe, lovely beach, but there is a charge to get in.

Grand Cayman, 7 Mile Beach is lovely and clean.

We had a great cruise and love the Conquest. Cruising is a great way for our family to get together. We usually take a family cruise out of Galveston every other year. Next time I will not hesitate to book the Conquest, won't even consider Voyager.
Traveling with a toddler, a baby and three different families can be tricky, but the staff went out of their way to help us. When our beach towels got all mixed together in one room (instead of two per room, coming back on deck, all dirty towels ended up in our room.) There was no problem or question, cabin steward worked it out. In contrast, on Voyager, beach towels had to be checked in and counted out on the pool deck. Small point, but an example of difference in service and attitude.

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